The Genealogy of
Jabez Bissell (1721-after 1790)
A Continuation of #310 in
Edward P. Jones' Bissell Genealogy
**Version 5.0, August 2008**
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note: this is one of a series of "continuations"
of families listed in Edward P. Jones' genealogy of the descendants of Captain John Bissell of Windsor, Connecticut. Building
on Stiles' History of Ancient Windsor, Jones traced a number of lines of Bissells no further than the late 1700s
or early 1800s, and other researchers (including myself, as compiler of this series) have subsequently managed to bring those
lines on down to the present. Some continuations have already been published, and this series will simply extract the data
from those works and present it here. Others have been more loosely gathered and are being published here for the first time.
In still other cases, published continuations are being more completely filled in or extended for this series. Some day, building
on the foundation laid by Stiles and Jones, a new genealogy of the Connecticut Bissells will be published and submitted to
appropriate libraries, and it is hoped that this series will play an important role in helping to bring that about....Roger
Bissell, Orange, California, November 1999.
As listed in Edward P. Jones' Genealogy of the Descendants of Captain
John Bissell of Windsor, Connecticut by 1639, Jabez Bissell (1721-after 1790) appears as #310 Jabez Bissell, son of Daniel
Bissell II #139, grandson of Cornet Daniel Bissell I #35, great-grandson of Cornet-Lieutenant John Bissell II #5, and great-great-grandson
of Captain John Bissell #1. This line of descent may be more readily seen as follows:
Captain John #1àCornet-Lieutenant John II #5àCornet Daniel #35àDaniel II #139àJabez #310
[Compiler’s note: my deepest and most sincere apologies to those who might have been
misled by an earlier version of this webpage, in which I said that the second generation person was Cornet-Lieutenant Samuel
#5. This was a simple lapse of attention on my part when plugging in the names….August 2007.]
Not a great deal is listed about Jabez Bissell and his
children in any of the published Bissell genealogies, though we have been in touch with two of his descendants through Jonathan
Marsh Bissell: Boyd Bissell and Brent Bissell, and they have provided some welcome information. We have also managed to unearth
quite a bit of additional information through careful use of the L.D.S. database and census records.
E. P. Jones lists Jabez
Bissell of Windsor and Hebron, Connecticut (as well as Greenfield, Massachusetts) as follows:
m. Dorcas, dau. of
R. Jonathan Marsh [her mother was Margaret Whiting, as per Stiles, Ancient Windsor]
She was b. 8-31-1718?
CHILDREN OF JABEZ AND DORCAS MARSH BISSELL
b. 8-22-1743 (Hebron Vital Records)
b. 2-15-1744/5 (Hebron Vital Records)
Memorial in Palisado Cemetery, Windsor, Conn.
Reads: “Mary d. ae. 8 months.”
682. Jonathan Marsh
d. 1-14-1749 (Hebron Vital Records)
b. 7-26-1752 (Windsor Vital Records)
m. Jerusha Tuttle (penciled in)
*685. Jonathan Marsh
b. 3-21-1762 (probably his baptismal ceremony)
12-27-1761 (Hebron Vital Records)
Jones further lists Jonathan Marsh Bissell of Hebron, Connecticut as follows:
b. 3-21-1762 [probably his baptismal
12-27-1761 [Hebron Vital Records]
m. Submit Cushman [this was his first of three wives]
She was b. 1765 d. 1821
Jones lists the following children of Jonathan Marsh
and Submit Cushman Bissell (the asterisks indicating that E. P. Jones included information on later generations elsewhere
in the text). (Note well! This list is not complete. The full list of children and a fuller listing of descendants follows
this reformatted excerpt from Jones.)
CHILDREN OF JONATHAN MARSH AND SUBMIT CUSHMAN BISSELL
*1344. Nelson Newcomb Bissell of Hebron, Conn.
Born in New York, NY. New Haven Vital Records
m. 1825 Orra Sage
was b. 1802 and d. 1849
CHILDREN OF NELSON NEWCOMB AND ORRA SAGE (FISK) BISSELL
2301. Mary Elizabeth – D.A.R.
See Military Record of Jonathan Marsh Bissell #685
b. in Canada
m. Reuben Carpenter Turner
Harriet Amelia Bissell of Hebron, Con.
m. 1858 Don Carlos Bishop
He was b. 1835
CHILDREN OF DON CARLOS AND HARRIET AMELIA BISSELL BISHOP
3271. Ella – D.A.R.
See Military Record of Jonathan Marsh Bissell #685.
b. in Woodville, N.Y.
m. Benjamin Deforest Randall
3272. Blanche – D.A.R.
See Military Record of Jonathan Marsh Bissell #685.
b. in Mannsville, N.Y.
m. Minor J. Terry
Emma – D.A.R.
See Military Record of Jonathan Marsh Bissell #685
b. in Brockville, Canada
m. Samuel Rice Morse
John Winthrop Bissell of Hebron, Conn.
CHILDREN OF JOHN WINTHROP AND SOPHIA SHEPARDSON BISSELL
*2304. Ida M. Bissell of Montague, Mass.
A Mayflower Descendant
m. Smith Robinson Phillips
CHILDREN OF SMITH ROBINSON AND IDA M. BISSELL PHILLIPS
3273. Nella Phillips – D.A.R.
See Military Record of Jonathan Marsh Bissell #685.
b. in Montague, Mass.
m. William Herbert Shuart [Stuart?]
*1346. Jabez Fitch Bissell of Lebanon, Conn. and Greenfield, Mass.
m. Elizabeth Bascon
She was b. 1792 and d. 1869
[written in: bur. Leroy N.Y.]
CHILDREN OF JABEZ FITCH AND ELIZABETH BASCON BISSELL
Calvin Fitch Bissell of Greenfield, Mass. And Leroy, N.Y.
b. 3-9-1818 in Greenfield, Mass.
m. 1st 1844 Sarah Ann Nichols
2nd Harriet Randall Bailey – D.A.R.
He went to LeRoy, N.Y. in 1841
CHILDREN OF CALVIN FITCH AND SARAH ANN NICHOLS BISSELL
*3274. David Jackson Bissell of Genesee Co., N.Y.
m. 1869 Hepsibah S. Dix
CHILDREN OF DAVID
JACKSON AND HEPSIBAH S. DIX BISSELL
3788. Sarah A. H. – D.A.R.
See Military Record of Jonathan Marsh Bissell #685
b. in Genessee Co., N.Y.
3789. S. J.
Much more information has been
discovered about the descendants of Jabez Bissell since Jones wrote his book in 1939. The following listings in Appendices
1-3 are still incomplete, but many new leads are presented here for the first time, thanks to the help of the L.D.S. database
and the various companies that have provided access to the U.S. Census records, as well as the generous sharing of information
by Brent and Boyd Bissell, descendants of Jonathan Marsh Bissell.
As Brent Bissell writes:
Jabez lived in Hebron and Somers, Connecticut before
removing to Springfield, Massachusetts (Chicopee) in 1776 and was a licensed inn-holder from 1778 to 1785. The family then
moved to Gill, probably to get closer to Jerusha and Josiah who resided in Montague City. Although no deeds are recorded to
show any ownership of property in Gill, Jabez and his son William are listed in the 1790 census as the heads of families,
living evidently in the Pisgah section of Gill, and the tradition of a Bissell farm on the plain above Pisgah has been recalled
by older inhabitants of Gill. [Compiler’s note: Jabez’s son Jonathan Marsh was also listed in the 1790
census, between his father and brother, as “Jona Nash.” The city listed in the 1790 census is Greenfield,
Hampshire Co., Massachusetts.]
Jabez and Dorcas are buried in the plot of Reverend Jonathan Marsh behind the First Congregational Church on Palisado
Drive in Windsor, Connecticut. They were the last names added to the Table stone. [Note: Jabez’s maternal grandmother
Alice (Bradford) Fitch, was a grand-daughter of William Bradford of the Mayflower].
The Descendants of Jerusha Bissell,
daughter of Jabez Bissell
Bissell was born 22 Aug 1743 in Hebron, Tolland Co., Connecticut and died 27 Sep 1802 in Montague, Franklin Co., Massachusetts.
She married 1st on 31 Jul 1766 to Joseph Cooley III and 2nd in 1777 at Springfield, Massachusetts to
Josiah Burnham (d. 1816). She and Joseph Cooley had three children, born either in Springfield, Massachusetts or Somers, Connecticut,
and she and Josiah Burnham had at least one son:
Whiting Cooley born 12 Sep 1767 at Somers, Tolland Co.,
Connecticut and died 31 May 1841 at Springfield, Hampden Co., Massachusetts. (Ancestor of relative of researcher Jan Jordan
email@example.com) He married April 1787 at Springfield, Massachusetts to his cousin, Flavia Cooley. They had:
1. Jerusha Cooley born 2 Dec 1787
at Springfield, Hampden Co., Massachusetts.
2. Joseph Cooley born 24 Mar 1790
at Springfield, Hampden Co., Massachusetts and died 1 May 1863. He married 6 Apr 1815 to Fanny Scott.
3. Whiting Cooley born 30 May 1792
at Springfield, Hampden Co., Massachusetts. He married 16 Nov 1819 to Clarissa Allen.
4. Flavia Cooley born 5 Jun 1794
at Springfield, Hampden Co., Massachusetts.
Cooley born 11 Aug 1796 at Springfield, Hampden Co., Massachusetts.
6. Sylvanus Cooley born 11 Aug 1796
at Springfield, Hampden Co., Massachusetts, died 11 Jun 1820.
Cooley born 1 Apr 1772. He married 25 May 1794 to Jemima
Wells. They had:
1. Harriet Cooley born 1795 at Deerfield, Franklin Co., Massachusetts. She married 24 May 1814 to
Eliza Cooley born 21 Sep 1796 at Deerfield, Franklin Co.,
Massachusetts. She married 9 Sep 1825 to George Dickinson.
3. Charlotte Augusta Cooley born
1798 at Deerfield, Franklin Co., Massachusetts. She married 5 Jun 1828 to Cyrus W. Clark.
4. Rodney Oliver Cooley born 24
Nov 1805 at Deerfield, Franklin Co., Massachusetts. He married 30 Mar 1825 to Susan A. Fabes.
5. George Cooley born 28 Jul 1811
at Deerfield, Franklin Co., Massachusetts.
6. Mary Cooley born 6 Jun 1818 at Deerfield, Franklin Co., Massachusetts.
C. Jerusha Cooley born 6 Jun 1773.
Burnham Jr. born after 1777. He married 28 Jul 1800 at
Montague, Franklin Co., Massachusetts to Esther Clark. They had seven children:
1. Laura Burnham born 27 May 1805 Montague, Franklin Co., Massachusetts and died 13 Apr 1860. She married John Chase.
2. Josiah Clark Burnham born 6 Nov 1806
Montague, Franklin Co., Massachusetts and died 23 June 1861 at Eldred, McKean Co., Pennsylvania. He married March 1834 at
Eldred, Pennsylvania to Phoebe Rose Moses.
Harriot Jemina Burnham born 19 Jul 1808 Montague, Franklin Co., Massachusetts. She married
14 Jan 1829 at Deerfield, Franklin Co., Massachusetts to John Fobes.
Thomas Nelson Burnham born ca. 1811 Montague, Franklin Co., Massachusetts.
5. Edson H. Burnham - Pedigree Resource
File born ca. 1813 Montague, Franklin Co., Massachusetts.
Martha Caroline Burnham born 11 Jun 1815 Montague, Franklin Co., Massachusetts and died 14
7. Fanny Esther Burnham
born ca. 1818 Montague, Franklin Co., Massachusetts and died 25 Apr 1865. She married Hiram E. Wright.
The Descendants of William Bissell,
son of Jabez Bissell
Very little is known of Jabez Bissell’s older son, William Bissell, listed as #683
in Edward P. Jones’ genealogy of the Bissell family. It states simply that he was born 7-26-1752 (according to Windsor
Vital Records) and (written in) married Jerusha Tuttle. Stiles adds that William was baptized 9 Aug 1752 (Ancient Windsor,
Vol. II, Histories and Biographies).
We have found that Jerusha Tuttle was William’s second wife, and he married her 11 Jan 1787 at Montague, Franklin
Co., Massachusetts. William’s first wife was Lavinia Griswold, whom he married 9 Dec 1777 at Springfield, Hampden Co.,
Jones does not note this fact, William, Jonathan, and their father Jabez Bissell, all lived in Greenfield, Massachusetts.
So, a careful search of Vital Records for that town put us on the trail of at least a modest amount of previously unknown
information about William Bissell. Here is what we know at present.
The L.D.S. database shows that William and Lavinia had four daughters: Abigail b. ca.
1782, Mary b. ca. 1782/1795(?), Lavinia b. ca. 1781 (d. 08 Sep 1781), and an unnamed daughter b. Dec. 1779 (d. 03 Mar 1780).
It is unlikely that the first four daughters were clustered quite that closely.
1790 census: Greenfield, Hampshire Co., Massachusetts – William
Bissell 1M 16+, 1M 0-16, 4F. The females would include William’s second wife, Jerusha, their daughter Jerusha (b. 1787),
and (probably) Abigail and Mary, the two surviving daughters by his first wife, Lavinia. The son is possibly Horace Bissell
b. ca. 1783, a son with William’s first wife, Lavinia. See the 1850 census of Jay, Essex Co., New York.
census: Montague, Hampshire Co., Massachusetts
– William Bissel 1M 45+, 1M 10-16, 2M 0-10, 2F 26-45, 1F 10-16, 2F 0-10. The sons include Oliver Bissell who m. 1814
in Greenfield to Pamelia Darling and lived at Jay, Essex Co., New York, and probably Horace Bissell b. ca. 1783 in Massachusetts
and Obediah Bissell b. ca. 1795 in Massachusetts; Horace would be William’s and Lavinia’s son, and Oliver and
Obediah would be William’s and Jerusha’s sons. (If James Bissell m. 09 Nov 1824 at Greenfield to Orra Sage was
really William’s son, he was likely born after 1800. He may, however, be fictitious. See below.) The daughters include
William and Jerusha’s daughters Dorcas b. 25 Mar 1797, Mary b. ca. 1790, and Jerusha b. 14 Dec 1787. Presumably, William
and Lavinia’s daughter Abigail had moved out of the household by 1800, perhaps working in another household prior to
her marriage in 1803.
In the 1810 census of Montague, Hampshire Co., Massachusetts, there is a William “Russell” (in between
Bela Rawson and Edmund Rawson), but he is aged 26-45, which is too young, so this is probably not William Bissell. So, at
present we are not sure exactly where William Bissell was living in 1810. However, as Brent Bissell reports:
Gill church records mention the admittance of William Bissell to membership on April 5, 1807 and in 1816 he witnessed the
sale of property by Oliver Bissell, presumably his son, who then removed from Gill. No further records of William have been
found and it is assumed that he left Gill in the company of his son. (Gill Town History.)
Lavinia Bissell born probably about the fall of 1778, died 08 Sep 1781 at Springfield, Hampden Co., Massachusetts.
daughter born December 1779, died 03 Mar 1780 at Springfield,
Hampden Co, Massachusetts.
Abigail Bissell born probably about 1781 at Montague, Franklin Co., Massachusetts. [PROBABLE] She married there on
13 Mar 1803 to Francis Cory. In the 1810 census, they were living in Portland, Cumberland Co., Maine. At that time, they were
both shown as age 26-45 and as having a son age 0-10 and a daughter age 0-10. The daughter must not have survived childhood.
In the 1820 census, they were living in Gill, Franklin Co., Massachusetts. At that time, Abigail was shown as being age 26-45,
and as having had two sons age 10-16 (i.e., born about 1804 to 1810). The younger son was probably born sometime in 1810 just
after the census was taken. (It is reported in the L.D.S. database that Francis Cory’s wife, Abigail Bissell, was the
sister of William Bissell and was born 16 May 1756, but this would have made her age 47 at the time of her marriage and too
old to have had two sons, plus being in the age 45+ category in the 1810 and 1820 censuses, which she was not. It is far more
likely that Francis Cory’s wife Abigail Bissell was, instead, William Bissell’s daughter born ca. 1781,
who would have been age 39 in the 1820 census.) We have been unable to identify these two sons or any other children of Francis
and Abigail, and we have not located them in the 1830 and later censuses in Franklin Co., Massachusetts or elsewhere.
Bissell born about 1783 in Massachusetts. He was shown
as age 67 in the 1850 census of Jay, Essex Co., New York and as age 72 in 1860 (same location), where younger brother Oliver
had appeared in the 1830 and 1840 censuses, and he was apparently a member of Oliver’s household in the 1840 census.
He was apparently not quite 17 years of age at the time of the 1800 census, so we presume he was born in the latter part of
1783. Where he was prior to 1840, we do not presently know.
E. Jerusha Bissell born 14 Dec 1787. She may have married about 1817 at Shutesbury, Franklin Co., Massachusetts
to Oliver Allen.
born probably about 1790 at Montague, Franklin Co., Massachusetts and married Bela Rawson. Bela Rawson appeared
in the 1830 census of Wilna, Jefferson Co., New York, with the following breakdown of family members: 1M 60-70, 2M 20-30,
1M 10-15, 1M 5-10, 1M 0-5, 1F 40-50, 2F 15-20. They apparently married about 1810, and wife was born sometime 1780-1790, so
it is likely to be William’s daughter. (Note: there is another Mary Bissell of Franklin Co., Massachusetts, who married
01 Dec 1819 at Buckland, Franklin Co., Massachusetts to Ephraim Tyler, and who we speculate is the daughter born probably
about 1802 of William’s brother, Jonathan Marsh Bissell. See below.) The 1880 census of Wilna, New York confirms that
the Bela Rawson living there in 1830 was indeed the Bela Rawson from Montague, Massachusetts. Mary and Bela had at least five
children, listed below.
1830 census: Wilna, Jefferson Co., New York – Bela Rawson 1M 60-70, 2M 20-30, 1M 10-15, 1M 5-10,
1F 40-50, 2F 15-20.
1840 census: Wilna,
Jefferson Co., New York –
Wilna, Jefferson Co., New York – Aman Rawson 66 MA (parents b. MA, MA), sister Mary E. Rawson 73 MA (MA,
MA), sister Delinda Rawson 68 MA (MA, MA), niece Sibylla Graves 30 NY (MA, MA). (These may be children of Bela Rawson’s
1. Daughter Rawson (probably Mary
b. 1807) born about 1810-1815.
Rawson born about 1810-1815 (probably Delinda born about
3. Son Rawson born about 1815-1820 (probably Aman born about 1814).
4. Son Rawson born about 1820-1825.
5. Son Rawson born about 1825-1830.
G. Oliver Bissell born about 1792,
died before 1850. He married 16 July 1814 at Greenfield, Franklin Co., Massachusetts to Pamelia Darling. They apparently are
the ones who lived in Jay, Essex Co., New York prior to 1850. They had at least four children, listed below.
have not yet found Oliver and Pamelia in the 1820 census, but we presume that they had already relocated to Jay, Essex Co.,
New York, because their son Oliver Jr. b. ca. 1815 was shown as born in New York (see 1850 census below), and Oliver closed
out his real estate holdings in Gill, New York in 1816.
1830 census: Jay,
Essex Co., New York – Oliver Bissell 1M 30-40, 1M 10-16, 1F 70-80, 1F 40-50, 1F 5-10. The woman age 70-80, born 1750-1760,
is either Oliver’s mother, Jerusha Tuttle Bissell, or Pamelia’s mother. The boy apparently was named Oliver Bissell
Jr., born about 1814-1820, and married about 1840 at Jay, Essex Co., New York to Thurza Torrence of Jay, Essex Co., New York.
(See also 1850 census below.)
Jay, Essex Co., New York – Oliver Bissell 1M 50-60, 1M 40-50, 1F 50-60, 1F 15-20, 1F 5-10, 1F 0-5. The
woman age 50-60 is probably Oliver’s wife, Pamelia, the one who was age 40-50 in the 1830 census, a woman born sometime
1780-1790. The man 50-60 is probably Horace Bissell born about 1783 in Massachusetts, and he is probably Oliver’s older
Jay, Essex Co., New York – Horace Bissell age 67, born Massachusetts, living in the household of George
W. and Lydia Stickney (age 41, born New York). He is probably the male 50-60 in Oliver’s 1840 household, probably Oliver’s
older brother. Lydia Stickney’s maiden name was Torrance (they married 15 Sep 1825 in Jay, New York), so she was likely
a sister of Horace’s nephew Oliver Jr’s wife, Thurza Torrance. Also at Jay, New York was Oliver Bissett age 35,
carpenter born in New York, in the household of Augustus Torrance (age 35). It is apparent that this is Oliver Bissell, Jr.,
and that his wife Thurza had died, and that he was living with his brother-in-law. Also at Jay, New York was a Pamelia [
] age 55 born in Massachusetts, in the household of Sylvanus and Polly Wells age 60 born in Massachusetts. There was
a Polly Darling born in 1790 in Gill, Franklin Co., Massachusetts, daughter of George and Jennie Darling, who also had a daughter
“Emelia” born in 1795, so it is possible that this is Oliver’s wife Pamelia as a widow, living with her
sister and brother-in-law in 1850, though she seems to be about 10 years too young.
1860 census: Jay, Essex Co., New York – indexed as “Kazell
Bissell,” but looks vaguely like Horace Bissell age 72, born Massachusetts, living with Lavina Smith 66 born Massachusetts
and Elvira Smith 27 born New York. (In the 1850 census, same location, Oliver Smith born Massachusetts, wife Lavina 58 born
New York, daughter Almira 17 born New York.)
Oliver Bissell Jr. born about 1815, either at Greenfield, Franklin Co., Massachusetts or at Jay, Essex Co., New York.
He married in 1840 at Jay, New York to Thurza Torrence, who died before 1850; no children of this marriage.
Daughter Bissell born 1820-1825.
Bissell born 1830-1835.
4. Daughter Bissell born 1835-1840.
Bissell born about 1795 in Massachusetts. [PROBABLE] He
married 10 Feb 1818 at Halifax, Windham Co., Vermont to Nancy Kendrick. He was indexed in the 1820 census of Halifax, Windham
Co., Vermont as “Dean Bissell,” and his age was given as 16-26, while his wife’s age was given as 16-26;
they had a son age 0-10, and there was an unidentified male age 45+ in the household. We have not found him in the 1830 census
as yet, but he was indexed in the 1850 census of Colrain, Franklin Co., Massachusetts as “Diah Bissell,” and in
the 1840 census of Lysander, Onondaga Co., New York and the 1860 census of Colrain, Franklin Co., Massachusetts as “Dyer
Bissell.” Obediah and Nancy had:
1. William Bissell born about 1818 in Canada.
born about 1824 in New York.
Bissell born 25 Mar 1797. She married 17 Sep 1820 at Greenfield,
Franklin Co., Massachusetts to Chester Bascom (died 1841). They had:
Adeline Bascom born 11 Apr 1823 Greenfield, Franklin Co., Massachusetts.
2. Chester Avery Bascom born 12
Oct 1824 Greenfield, Franklin Co., Massachusetts.
3. William Bissell Bascom born
18 Dec 1827 Greenfield, Franklin Co., Massachusetts.
James N. Bissell born after 1800, married 09 Nov 1824 at Greenfield, Massachusetts to Orra Sage. [QUESTIONABLE] Apparently
died before 1828, and his widow remarried to his first cousin, Nelson Newcomb Bissell in 1828. Nelson and Orra’s children
have been misattributed to James, moreover with his name frequently being given as “James Nelson.” It’s
possible that this person is entirely fictitious, and that the 1824 marriage date, being the same month and day as Nelson’s
1828 marriage date, is also fictitious.
Descendants of Jonathan Marsh Bissell,
son of Jabez Bissell
JONATHAN MARSH BISSELL, son of Jabez Bissell (1721-17??), was born December 27, 1761 at Windsor, Connecticut and died January
6, 1850 at Stratton, Windham Co., Vermont (source: Vermont Phoenix). As Brent Bissell reports, “Jonathan was
a substitute soldier at the age of 15, joining in place of his father, the Hampshire County, Massachusetts militia. He served
three tours of approximately three months each enlistment. He was mustered in as a private at the Springfield Armory.”
had three wives. He married 1st about 1788 to Submit Cushman who was born in 1765 and died in 1821, 2nd
on 12 Aug 1821 at Halifax, Windham Co., Vermont to Hannah Lawrence, and 3rd on 12 May 1830 at Stratton, Vermont
to Olive Worthington. Brent Bissell informed us that Submit was descended from Thomas Cushman (son of Robert Cushman) and
Mary Allerton, both of whom were children on the Mayflower journey, and that Mary was the daughter of Issac Allerton, fifth
signer of the Mayflower compact.
Jonathan was shown in the 1790 census of Greenfield, Hampshire Co., Massachusetts (listed between his
father Jabez and his brother William as “Jona Nash”), the 1800 census of Montague, Hampshire Co., Massachusetts
(next to his brother William), the 1820 census of Halifax, Windham Co., Vermont, and the 1830 and 1840 censuses of Stratton,
Windham Co., Vermont. We have not yet located him in the 1810 census; and although he should have appeared in the 1850 mortality
census, he does not.
1790 census: Greenfield,
Hampshire Co., Massachusetts – Jona Nash 1M 16+, 1M 0-16, 2F. The boy was Jabez Fitch Bissell, and the girl
was Ruby Bissell.
1800 census: Montague, Hampshire Co., Massachusetts – Jonathan Marsh Bissel 1M 26-45, 1M 10-16, 2M 0-10, 1F 26-45, 1F
10-16. The two boys age 0-10 were John Winthrop Bissell and Jonathan Marsh Bissell Jr.
Jonathan and his wife Submit had a total of six or seven
children. It has been a gradual process for us to identify all of their children. Only three of them—Nelson Newcomb,
John Winthrop, and Jabez Fitch—are mentioned by E. P. Jones. Later it was discovered that Jonathan had a daughter Ruby
and sons Jonathan Marsh Jr. and Daniel Newcomb. In addition, although this is still speculative, it appears that the Mary
Bissell who married in 1819 to Ephraim Tyler of Franklin Co., Massachusetts and lived at Wilmington, Vermont was a previously
unknown daughter of Jonathan. (She is too young to have been William Bissell’s daughter Mary.) Since we have not yet
located Jonathan in the 1810 census, we cannot prove that she is his daughter, but there is no other likely family for her
to belong to. At any rate, here are the five known children and one probable child of Jonathan Marsh Bissell and Submit Cushman,
listed below along with their known descendants:
A. Ruby Elmira
Bissell was born 1789 at Greenfield, Franklin Co., Massachusetts and died 24 Mar 1876 at Brockville, Leeds Co.,
Ontario. She married 27 Apr 1809 to Reuben Houghton Graves at Greenfield, Massachusetts. They apparently moved to Brockville,
Ontario before 1820. Ruby and Reuben had eight children listed in the L.D.S. database.
1. Lucinda B. Graves born 20 Apr 1811
at Greenfield, Franklin Co., Massachusetts, died 15 Jul 1852 at LeRoy, Genesee Co., NY. She married 1st to Nathaniel
Chamberlain and 2nd to Daniel Aiken.
Philinda R. Graves born 1812 at Greenfield, Franklin Co., Massachusetts, died 01 Nov
1837 at LeRoy, NY. She married Samuel Clifford of LeRoy, NY.
Consider Cushman Graves born 23 Nov 1814 at Greenfield, Franklin Co., Massachusetts, died
4. Submit Graves born 17 Aug 1816 at
Rome, Oneida, New York or Greenfield, Franklin Co., Massachusetts, died in 1823 at Brockville, Leeds, Ontario.
Amelia S. Graves born 25 Jul 1819 at Brockville, Leeds, Ontario or Greenfield, Franklin Co., Massachusetts,
died in 1838.
6. Harriet Elizabeth Graves born 04 Jan
1821 at Brockville, Leeds, Ontario, or Greenfield, Franklin Co., Massachusetts, died 25 June 1923. (?!) She married Kenneth
MacPherson of Cardinal, Ontario.
Delanah Charlotte Graves born 10 Jun 1822 at Brockville, Leeds, Ontario or Greenfield,
Franklin Co., Massachusetts, died 25 Jul 1885. She married 4 Jul 1843 to William S. Aiken of Ogdensburg, NY.
Consider Graves born 10 Mar 1824 at Brockville, Leeds, Ontario, or Greenfield, Franklin Co., Massachusetts. He married 30 Mar
1850 to Sarah Daniels.
B. Jabez Fitch
Bissell was born in 1790 and died 20 Aug 1869 at LeRoy,
Genesee Co., New York. He married Elizabeth Bascom 01 Feb 1817 at Greenfield, Massachusetts. In 1820, they lived at Gill,
Franklin Co., MA. In 1840, they were at Kitley, Leeds Co., Ontario, apparently to be near Jabez’s sister Ruby Graves
and her family. In 1860, he was at LeRoy, Genesee Co., New York. As Brent Bissell relates:
Elizabeth was the daughter
of Joseph Bascom, the Factory Hollow clothier and the Bascoms were long residents of the area. Elizabeth and Jabez had their
two oldest children born in the Factory Hollow part of Greenfield. They then removed to Gill and bought the property later
sold to his brother John Winthrop, and later known as the “Roswell Field” farm. Like his father, he was a sawmill
operator and, in partnership with Ephraim Upham, in 1813 bought a sawmill at the end of the dam on the Gill side of the river.
In addition to his sawmill interests, he also had large investments in real estate and mortgages. He removed to Dummerston,
Vermont about 1830, and some time later to LeRoy NY.
Jabez and Elizabeth had five children listed in the L.D.S. database:
Fitch Bissell born 1818 at Greenfield, Franklin
Co., Massachusetts, died 1898 at LeRoy, NY. He married 1st to Sarah Ann Nichols, who died 31 Mar 1852. As is apparent
from the 1880 census of LeRoy, NY, Calvin married 2nd to Harriet (Hattie) Randall Bailey, who was born ca. 1838
in New York. Listed as C. F. Bissell in the 1880 census. They had:
a. David Jackson Bissell born about
1845, married 1869 to Hepsibah S. Dix. They had:
i. J. Fitch Bissell born about 1871 at LeRoy, NY.
ii. Alfonso Bissell born about 1872 at LeRoy, NY.
D. J. Bissell
born about 1875 at LeRoy, NY.
Bissell born about 1877 at LeRoy, NY (twin).
v. William Bissell born about 1877 at LeRoy, NY (twin).
John C. Bissell born about 1848 and died before 1900. He married about 1876 to Catharine ____ (b. Jan. 1854, NY),
and they had:
i. Calvin F.
Bissell born April 1877 at LeRoy, NY.
ii. John H. Bissell born April 1882 at LeRoy, NY.
iii. Charles T. Bissell born April
1887 at LeRoy, NY.
iv. Adison G. Bissell born August 1890 at LeRoy, NY.
Esther Bissell born 1820 at Greenfield, Franklin Co., Massachusetts. She may have married 15 May 1842
in Springfield, Hampden Co., Massachusetts to Truman Newell.
Joseph Bissell born 23 Jul 1821 at Gill,
Franklin Co., Massachusetts. He married 08 Jan 1851 at Baltimore, Maryland to Mary Ann White (b. ca. 1827 in Vermont). Listed
as L. J. Bissell in the 1880 census.
a. Louise Bissell (adopted) born
about 1871 at LeRoy, NY.
4. Russell Bascom Bissell born 22 Jun
1824 at Gill, Franklin Co., Massachusetts. He appeared in the 1880 census of Stafford, Genesee Co., NY with wife Sarah (b.
ca. 1816 in New York) and several children from her first marriage to a man named Lyman, as well as several grandchildren,
including one named Russell Lyman. Apparently, they married sometime before 1870, and it appears that they had no children
together. The following brief biographical note about him appeared in Our County and Its People: A Descriptive and Biographical
Record of Genesee County, New York, edited by Safford E. North (The Boston History Company, Publishers, 1899):
Russell, p. o. Le Roy, was born in Greenfield, Mass., June 22, 1824. a son of Jabez Bissell. He was educated in the common
schools and came to Genesee county in 1846, and has always been a farmer. He was assessor for twelve years, supervisor for
two years, 1890-91, and poormaster for two years. Mr. Bissell is one of the representative business men of Stafford, of sterling
integrity and has always been identified with the best interests of his town. He is a brother of the late Gen. C. F. Bissell,
a sketch of whose life appears elsewhere in this work.
5. Ruby Elvira Bissell born 20 Nov 1828
Gill, Franklin Co., Massachusetts. Unmarried in 1880 census of LeRoy, New York.
C. John Winthrop Bissell was born 23 Sep 1794 at Springfield, Hampden Co., Massachusetts and died 8 Feb 1876
at Springfield. He married 27 Nov 1820 to Sophia Shepardson at Gill, Franklin Co, Massachusetts. They were in Franklin Co.,
MA in the 1850 census. Sophia, who was born 29 Aug 1798 at Guilford, Vermont and died 15 Aug 1864 at Montague, Massachusetts,
was the daughter of Major Samuel Shepardson and Anna Barney. Brent Bissell informs us that, “though a hatter by trade, John was, like his brother Jabez, an extensive private maker of mortgages and
investments. John was a veteran of the War of 1812, having served in the unit of Longley’s Regiment, Massachusetts Militia.
He enlisted Sept. 13, 1814 at Point Dorchester and was discharged Nov. 7, 1814 at Camp Commercial. His unit was raised as
reinforcement during the siege of Boston.
John and Sophia had at least six, and possibly eight, children, as listed in the L.D.S.
database. (There may have been two daughters named Ida M. and Ellen Sophia.)
Ida M. Bissell born about 1821 at Montague, Franklin Co., Massachusetts. Apparently died young (see
2. Gustavus Bissell born 9 Jun 1825 at
Gill or Montague, Franklin Co., Massachusetts, died 7 Feb 1889 at Bridgeville, Sussex Co., Delaware. He married 1st
Jane Wilson and married 2nd Lilla Hartley sometime between 1874 and 1877. As Brent Bissell reports, Gustavus “was well educated, having attended Amherst College. In Gill he taught school and
in the winter term of 1848 was paid $60 for his services. He was active in the Debating Society of Montague (founded 1835
and operated till mid 1850’s).” Brent also relates an incident that was reported in the History of Montague
(published in 1910):
Many times during the existence of the society its members, young and old, wrestled with the same question
[whether capital punishment should be abolished] and once, if we may believe Mr. Gustavus Bissell, with disastrous results.
Samuel Bardwell, having undertaken to demonstrate the futility and barbarity of this method of punishment, Mr. Bissell retorted
that the speaker, with strange inconsistency, has hung himself, and that he need do nothing further—by way of his reply
to his opponent—than let him swing.
children of Gustavus and Lilla were:
a. Jennie Sophia Bissell born 05 Dec 1877.
Gustava Bissell born in 1881.
3. Ellen Sophia Bissell
born 27 Sep 1827 at Gill, Franklin Co., Massachusetts. Apparently she died young (see #6 below).
Amandarine Barney Bissell born 12 Aug 1829 Gill or Montague, Franklin Co., Massachusetts. He
died about 1898 at New Haven, Connecticut. He married Fanny Osborne. They had:
a. Burleigh Bissell
born about 1859 at Owego, Tioga Co., New York.
Milton L. Bissell born 17 Feb or 10 Mar or 19 Apr 1831 at Gill or Montague, Franklin Co., Massachusetts.
He died 12 or 13 Feb 1899 at Jamestown, Chautauqua Co., New York. He married 17 Mar 1860 to Rachel Melissa Rice.
John Earle Winthrop Bissell born 23 Jan 1868, either at Montague, Franklin Co., Massachusetts
or Westfield, Chautauqua Co., New York or Owego, Tioga Co., New York. He married 10 Aug 1891 at Westfield, Chautauqua Co.,
NY to Emily Haight.
Burritt Bissell born 11 May 1877, either at Montague, Franklin
Co., Massachusetts or Jamestown, Chautauqua Co., New York or Gerry, Chautauqua Co., New York. He married 20 Feb 1900 to Carrie
6. Ellen Sophia Bissell born 27 Sep 1827
at Gill, Franklin Co., Massachusetts or 27 Sep 1833 at Montague, Franklin Co., Massachusetts [This may be a double christening,
with Ellen Sophia born in 1827 and dying young, and another Ellen Sophia born in 1833.] She married 12 Oct 1856 at Montague,
Massachusetts to John Clarke Cushman.
7. Ida Melissa (Samantha?) Bissell born
19 Apr 1835 or 19 Mar 1836 at Gill or Montague, Franklin Co., Massachusetts. She married 1st 19 June 1859 at Montague,
Massachusetts to Smith Robinson Phillips and married 2nd 1 Aug 1878 at Springfield, Massachusetts to John F. Marsh.
a. Isanella (Nella) Sumner Phillips born 03 Aug 1862 Deerfield, Franklin Co., Massachusetts (or 03 Aug 1860 at Montague, Massachusetts).
Apparently she was adopted by her mother's second husband, John Marsh. She married 07 Feb 1884 at Springfield, Hampden
Co., Massachusetts to William Herbert Shuart (Stuart?).
Elijah Shepardson Bissell born 8 or 9 Jul 1836 or 1837 Montague or Gill, Franklin Co., Massachusetts
and died 13 Jun 1919 at the Cayuga Old Folks Home in Cleveland, Ohio. He married 08 Dec 1864 at Greenfield (Belchertown),
Franklin Co., Massachusetts to Harriet Ross (born 28 Aug 1842, died 18 Jan 1919, daughter of Samuel Ross and ____ Marsh).
They were in the Polk Twp., Marshall Co., Indiana censuses of 1870 and 1880. They had six children:
a. Elsie Sophia Bissell
born 15 Oct 1866.
Winthrop Gustavus Bissell born 23 May 1869. (He is listed in the 1880 census as Milton G. age
Ernest Ross Bissell Sr. born 11 May 1873 in Massachusetts. He was in the 1900 census of Lima,
Allen Co., Ohio and the 1910 census of West Lafayette, Wabash Township, Tippecanoe Co., Indiana and the 1930 census of Hillsdale,
Hillsdale Co., Michigan. He married about 1894 to Lulu Ruth Dingledine (b. Feb. 1873, OH, daughter of Philip Dingledine and
Kate Miller of Lima, Ohio). (They were listed as Earnest and Lulu in the 1910 census and as Ernest B. and Lulu in the 1930
census.) Ernest and Lula had:
Lillian E. Bissell born October 1895 in Ohio. She married first ____ Thompson of New
York City and married second ____ Wright of Baltimore. She had a daughter:
(1) Cynthia Thompson
born 15 Aug 1928 in New York, died 3 Sep 1999 in Pasadena, California. She married ____ Adams, and they had
Ernest Ross Bissell Jr. born 10 Dec 1913 in Ohio, died 2 Feb 1988. He married 8 Jan 1936 to Virginia Jane Pete (b. 17 Apr 1914, d. 28 Mar 1996). They had:
Ann Bissell born 12 Oct 1838. She married
____ Michaels. They had a son:
(a) Donald [Pete] Michaels
(2) Ernest Ross Bissell III born 14 Nov
1941. He married and had two daughters:
(a) Tracy Bissell
(b) Tamara Bissell
(3) Brent John Bissell
born 10 Jul 1950. He married 4 Dec 1971 to Libby Schulak (b. 5 Jan 1952). They had:
(a) John Ross
Bissell b. 28 Jan 1977.
(b) Sarah Jane Bissell
b. 25 Jun 1978.
Ruth Bissell b. 15 Jun 1984. She married
(d) Daniel Cushman
Bissell b. 8 Oct 1987.
E. Bissell born 25 Dec 1875. (Some records
say this is a son, John Winthrop Bissell.)
e. Harriet (“Hattie”) Elvira Bissell born 27 Jun 1878. She married at Columbia City, Indiana to Leonard Shrader.
f. Claude Elliott Bissell born 10 Dec 1880 Tyner,
Marshall Co., Indiana. In the 1900 census, he was shown as age 19 born January 1881 in Ohio, in the Toledo State Hospital
in Lucas Co., Ohio.
Marsh Bissell Jr.
was born in 1797 at Stratton, Windham Co., Vermont (or Bernardston, Franklin Co, Massachusetts). He married
19 Nov 1817 at Vernon, Windham Co., Vermont to Harriet Cushman (born about 1796 in Massachusetts). She was the daughter of
Artemus Cushman and Sarah Williams. Census records show them as having resided in Colchester, Chittenden Co., Vermont (1820),
Duane, Franklin Co., New York (1830 and 1840), and Lagrange and Lee Twps., Brown Co., Illinois (1850 and 1860). Jonathan Jr.
appeared as a widower in his son George’s 1860 household in Lee Twp., Brown Co., Illinois and apparently died there
after 1860, while Harriet died there in 1852.
1820 census: Colchester, Chittenden Co., Vermont – Jonathan M. Bissell 1M16-26, 1M0-10,
1F16-26, 1F0-10. The boy and girl are George b. 1819 and Adeline b. 1820.
1830 census: Duane, Franklin Co., New York – Jonathan M. Bissell
1M30-40, 1M10-15, 1M5-10, 1M0-5, 1F30-40, 1F5-10, 1F0-5. The boy 10-15 is George, the boy 0-5 is Horace b. ca. 1830, and the
boy 5-10 may be Rufus b. ca. 1822. The girl 5-10 is Adaline b. 1820, and the girl 0-5 is Belinda b. 1824.
census: Duane, Franklin Co., New York
– Jonathan M. Bissell 1M40-50, 1M20-30, 1M15-20, 1M10-15, 2M5-10, 1M0-5, 1F40-50, 2F15-20. The boy 15-20 is George,
the boy 15-20 is probably Rufus, the boy 10-15 is Horace, the two boys 5-20 are Jabez b. ca. 1833 and Benjamin b. ca. 1838.
The two girls 15-20 are Adaline and Belinda.
1850 census: Lagrange Twp., Brown Co., Illinois – Jonathan M. Bissill 52, (next page)
Harriet Bissell 54, Belinda 26, Horace 20, Jabes 17, Benjamin 12, Emigee
Jonathan and Harriet had nine children:
1. George A. Bissell born 2 Mar
1819 in Vermont and died 8 Feb 1907 in Brown Co., Illinois. He married 01 Jan 1849 in Brown Co., Illinois to Sophronia Scott.
They had six children, all born in Lee Twp., Brown Co., Illinois:
a. Amos Bissell born about 1849,
apparently died young, before 1860 census.
Jonathan M. Bissell born about 1851. He married 3 Jan 1879 in Brown Co., Illinois to Sarah E. Million (Milliron?) (b.
ca. 1854, Pennsylvania). They were in the 1880 census of Jefferson Twp., Scotland Co., Missouri (indexed as John M. Bissell,
age 28, born Illinois). By 1900, Jonathan had passed away, and Sarah was living with the children in St. Louis. The 1900 census
lists her as Sarah E. Bissell widow, born November 1852, Pennsylvania, with 5 children born, 5 children living, which is probably
an error, since Benjamin was not in the household, and he was their son. They had:
D. Bissell born May 1880 in Jefferson Twp., Scotland Co.,
Missouri. He must have died before 1900.
Jonathan W. Bissell born December 1881 in Missouri.
iii. Lona B. Bissell born January
1884 in Missouri. This is Bessie Bissell, who married 22 Aug 1905 in Brown Co., Illinois to Gus (August Jr.) E. Franke. In
the 1910 census, they were living with his parents in St. Louis, Missouri, and they had:
(1) Vanetta Franke born about 1980 in Missouri.
iv. Laura E. Bissell born August
1886 in Missouri.
v. Goldie A. Bissell born November
1888 in Missouri.
M. Bissell born April 1891 in Missouri.
Bissell born about 1853. She married 2 Apr 1876 in Brown
Co., Illinois to William F. Johnson.
d. Mary Bissell born about 1855.
She married 27 Mar 1878 in Brown Co., Illinois to Benjamin M. Myers.
Myron E. Bissell born 1856. He was living in his brother Jonathan’s 1880 household in Jefferson Twp., Scotland
Co., Missouri, shown as “Michael E. Bissell,” age 23, born Illinois. He married 23 Nov 1880 in Brown Co., Illinois
to Sarah Jane Durben. They were in the 1900 and 1910 censuses of Vest Twp., Scotland Co., Missouri (indexed as “Birrell”
and “Rissell”, respectively) and in the 1920 census of West Union, Scotland Co., Missouri. They had:
E. Bissell born August 1881 in Missouri.
ii. William Felix (“Felix
W.”) Bissell born January 1883 in Missouri. He married
about 1907 to Jessie Harriet Waterhouse. They were in the 1910, 1920, and 1930 censuses of Jefferson, Scotland Co., Missouri.
(He was indexed as “W. F. Bissel” in 1920.) They had at least four children:
E. Bissell born about 1908 in Missouri. He married about
1927 to Irene K. ____ (b. ca. 1911 IA). They had:
(a) Charles R. Bissell born about
1929 in Missouri.
(2) Nadia (?) Bissell born about 1911 in Missouri.
Paul Bissell born 1914 in Missouri. He married Bessie Noema
Baird. They had:
(a) Boyd Edwin Bissell – we
are presently in contact with Boyd. He is a participant in the Bizzell/Bissell Y-DNA Project.
(4) Anna L. Bissell born about 1924 in Missouri.
iii. Alta E.
Bissell born March 1885 in Missouri.
iv. Rosa D. Bissell born July 1887 in Kansas. She married about 1905 to ____ Paten (d. before 1910),
and they had:
(1) Uman Paten born about 1906 in Missouri.
(2) Victor P. Paten born about 1908
v. John R. Bissell born May 1891
vi. Hershel C. Bissell born February 1899 in Missouri.
f. John Fitch Bissell born May 1859. He married 1st
30 Oct 1884 in Brown Co., Illinois to Loua (Louisa?) Davis, married 2nd 27 Mar 1892 to Mrs. Mary Adaline Bennett.
They were in the 1900 census of Bethel Twp., Shelby Co., Missouri, the 1910 census of Black Creek Twp., Shelby Co., Missouri,
and the 1920 census of Washington Twp., Monroe Co., Missouri. His children included:
E. Bissell born February 1893 in Illinois. (Listed as John
Bissell age 17 in his parents’ household in the 1910 census.) (Listed as Earl Bissell age 30 in the 1920 census of Mason
Twp., Marion Co., Missouri, with wife Lillie age 28.)
Herbert E. Bissell born September 1898 in Illinois.
iii. George Bissell born about 1915
iv. Paul Bissell born about 1917 in Missouri.
g. Harriet/Hattie Bissell born October
1865 and died in 1948. She married 8 Aug 1886 in Brown Co., Illinois to William A. Stephenson. They had:
Stephenson born June 1887 in Lee Twp., Brown Co., Illinois.
Grace Stephenson born November 1899 in Lee Twp., Brown Co., Illinois.
P. Bissell born June 1868 and died in 1933. He married
1st 9 Dec 1890 in Brown Co., Illinois to Rosa B. Milliron (Million?)(1870-1902) and married 2nd 1 Apr
1903 in Brown Co., Illinois to Darla/Darlie Renneker (1877-1959). His children (three of whom died young, before the 1900
i. Ernest F. Bissell born November 1896.
Sampson R. Bissell born June 1898.
iii. Homer Elroy
Bissell born October 1909.
Uretta/Urettie Bissell born about 1869. She married 18 Mar 1886 in Brown Co., Illinois to William G. Barker.
2. Adaline Bissell born about 1820
in Vermont. She married 10 May 1846 in Brown Co., Illinois to Fernando C. Moody. It appears that they moved to New York City,
and that he was a sea captain.
Bissell [PROBABLE] born about 1822 in Vermont. He married
about 1847 to Elizabeth ____ (b. ca. 1824, New York). They lived at Wilmington, Essex Co., NY in the 1860 census, at Jay,
Essex Co., New York in the 1870 census, and at Lower Jay, Essex Co., New York in the 1880 census. In the 1880 census, his
parents were listed as being born in Massachusetts and Vermont. He has not appeared on any official lists of Jonathan Marsh
Bissell Jr’s children, but because of his birthplace, year of birth, and the names Rufus, George, and Fitch, it is likely
that this is Jonathan Jr’s son. Rufus and Elizabeth had:
Bissell born about 1848 in New York.
George Bissell born about 1851 in New York.
c. Silas Bissell born about 1855
in New York.
d. Fitch Bissell born about 1857 in New York.
e. Ann Maria Bissell born about
1859 in New York.
f. Emma E. Bissell born about 1862 in New York.
Ettie B. Bissell born about 1864 in New York.
Belinda H. Bissell born about 1824 in Massachusetts. She married 22 Oct 1857 in Brown Co., Illinois to Joseph McDonough.
5. Horace Bissell born about 1830 in New York.
6. Jabez Fitch (aka Fitch J.) Bissell born
about 1833 in New York. He married 1 Sep 1862 in Brown Co., Illinois to Adaline Lougue (b. ca. 1835, Indiana). He was in the
Civil War from Brown Co., Illinois. They were in the 1870 census of Mt. Sterling Twp., Brown Co., Illinois, indexed as “Jaben
Bissel.” They then moved to Ottumwa, Iowa, where they appeared in the 1880 (as J. F. Bissle) and 1900 censuses. Their
a. Benjamin Bissell born May 1863
in Illinois. He married May ____ (b. 1870 in Iowa), and they had:
Bissell born May 1890 in Iowa.
born January 1892 in Iowa.
iii. Viola Bissell born November 1898 in Iowa.
George M. Bissell born about 1867 in Illinois. He married 5 Sep 1894 at Ottumwa, Wapello Co., Iowa to Mary F. Burton.
Bissell born October 1869 in Illinois.
d. Adaline M. Bissell born March 1875 in Iowa.
7. Benjamin B. Bissell born about
1838 in New York. He married 13 Jul 1866 in Brown Co, Illinois to Nancy E. Lambert.
8. Randall Bissell [PROBABLE] born
about 1841 in Vermont. He was in the 1870 census of Brown Co., Illinois, living in the household of George Twombly, who was
Jonathan M. Bissell’s next door neighbor in the 1840 census of Duane, Franklin Co., New York. We have been unable to
find Randall in the 1850 and 1860 censuses, but the likelihood that he is Jonathan’s son seems fairly high.
9. Emergy Bissell born about 1845
in New York. She married 24 Mar 1864 in Brown Co., Illinois to Elijah M. Stanfield.
10. Jerome Bissell [probable first
name, indexed as Jarome; might be Jeremy; the handwriting looks like it reads “Panome” or “Parome,”
and the first letter is much more like the other capital P’s in the listings of names in that community than the other
capital J’s] born about 1849 in New York. He apparently died before 1860.
Bissell born about 1800 and married 01 Dec 1819 at Buckland,
Franklin Co., Massachusetts to Ephraim Tyler. She and Ephraim had seven children:
1. Benjamin O. Tyler
born 7 Sep 1820 at Wilmington, Windham Co., Vermont and died: 2 Sep 1880. He married 1st
31 Jan 1849 to Huldah Mather and married 2nd 12 Nov 1867 to Rosabel M. Wright.
Ansel L. Tyler born 11 Oct 1822 at Wilmington, Windham Co., Vermont. He married 7 Sep 1847 to Lucy
3. D. Clinton Tyler (Male) born
10 Oct 1825 at Wilmington, Windham Co., Vermont and died 23 May 1890. He married 21 May 1862 to Martha R. Howard.
Minerva Tyler born 20 Mar 1828 at Wilmington, Windham Co., Vermont and died 31 Jan 1858. She
married 10 Jul 1864 to D. W. Jones.
Sarah M. Tyler born 12 Feb 1831 at Wilmington, Windham Co., Vermont.
6. James M. Tyler born 27 Apr 1835 at Wilmington,
Windham Co., Vermont. He married 1st 11 Dec 1861 to Ellen E. Richardson and married 2nd 1 Sep 1875 to
Jane P. Miles.
7. William H. Tyler born 27 Nov
1839 at Wilmington, Windham Co., Vermont. He married 11 Jan 1881 to Belle Newcomb.
F. Daniel Newcomb Bissell was christened
as the son of “Marsh Bissell” on 7 Dec 1802 at Greenfield, Franklin Co., Massachusetts and died (as reported by
Brent Bissell) in 1802 “of a complaint in his back” in Gill, Franklin Co., Massachusetts.
Newcomb Bissell was born 29 Aug 1805 at Stratton, Windham Co., Vermont (or Franklin Co., Massachusetts) and died 29 Oct 1881 in Kalamazoo,
Michigan (probably as a patient in the Michigan Asylum for the Insane, where he was living in the 1880 census; a probate index
for Kalamazoo Co. shows him as having been declared “indigent, insane” in 1880). He was a tanner by trade. He
married 02 Nov 1828 (or 03 Jul 1828?) at Greenfield, Franklin Co., Massachusetts to Orra Sage, the widow of his cousin, James
Bissell (son of William, see below). Some suggest that the correct marriage date is 1822, but there are no known children
born prior to 1830, so the 1828 date is highly likely to be correct. Orra was the daughter of Oliver Sage and Mary Denio and
was born 02 Apr 1802 at Greenfield and died 07 Oct 1849 at Watertown, Jefferson Co., NY. Nelson and Orra had at least ten
children, all found in the L.D.S. database as children of Orra Sage and “James Nelson” or “James Nelson
Bissell” (and with Nelson N. Bissell’s dates and places of birth and death), while some are also correctly listed
as the children of Orra Sage and Nelson N. Bissell. Nelson’s 1850 household in Watertown, New York contains Mary E.,
H. Amelia, William B., and Lucinda. James and George were already living outside the household. Where Julia, Emma, and Louisa
were is not known, but perhaps with relatives or friends, due to their young age and the recent death of their mother.
1. James N. Bissell born 14 August 1830 at Franklin Co., Massachusetts, died after 1900. (A probate
index for Kalamazoo Co., Michigan shows him as having been declared “insane” in 1895.) He married 23 Jan 1853
at Watertown, Jefferson Co., New York to Mary A. Oliver (b. ca. 1830, Scotland). (Maryanne Oliver age 74 was living in James’
1880 household. She is probably Mary’s and Elizabeth’s mother). They had:
a. Calvin Bissell born about 1855
2. George W. Bissell born 04 Feb 1832
at Brockville, Leeds Co., Ontario. He married 15 Aug 1855 (or 19 Aug 1854?) at Kalamazoo, Michigan to Elizabeth Oliver (d.
1862 in Michigan). (Maryanne Oliver age 74 was living in James Bissell’s 1880 household in Kalamazoo. She is probably
Mary’s and Elizabeth’s mother.) They may have been living in Galena, Jo Daviess Co., Illinois in 1860.
Harriet Amelia Bissell born 17 Jan 1834 at Brockville, Leeds Co., Canada, died 28 Nov 1836.
4. Mary Elizabeth Bissell born 04 Jul
1835 at Brockville, Leeds Co., Canada. She was in the 1850 household of Nelson N. Bissell. She married 20 Mar 1853 in Michigan
to Reuben Carpenter Turner. They lived in Mendon, St. Joseph Co., Michigan (1860 and 1870 census). They had:
a. Ida E. Turner born about 1854 in Michigan. She may have died before 1870.
Willard E. Turner born about 1858 in Michigan.
Harriet Amelia Bissell born 17 Jan 1837 at Brockville, Leeds Co., Ontario. (She was in the
1850 household of Nelson N. Bissell.) She married in 1856 in New York to Don Carlos Bishop. They were in the 1870 and 1880
censuses of Ellisburgh, Jefferson Co., New York, and they had only two daughters (not three, as represented by the L.D.S.
Ella Bishop born about 1857 in Woodville, New York and died before 1880. She married 16 Nov 1875
to Benjamin Deforest Randall of Lorraine, Jefferson Co., New York. They had:
i. Blanche Randall born
about 1878 in Mansville, New York. (She was mistakenly attributed as a daughter born “about 1861” to Donald and
Harriet, but was listed in the 1880 census of Harriet and Don’s household as a daughter immediately under Benjamin Randall
who was identified as widowed and as being their son-in-law. Since she was only two years old, it is likely that Blanche was
Ella’s and Benjamin’s daughter.) She married about 1904 to Minor J. Terry (born about 1870 in Bradford Co., Pennsylvania),
and they were living in the 1910 census of Richland, Oswego Co., New York. As of 1910, they had one child:
(1) Donald M.
Terry born about 1908 in New York.
b. Julia L. Bishop
born about 1864 in New York.
6. Julia A. Bissell born 04 Jun 1838
at Brockville, Leeds Co., Ontario. She may have died before 1850.
Emma (Emalie) V. Bissell born 17 Mar 1840 at Brockville, Leeds Co., Ontario, died August 1884.
She was listed in the L.D.S. database as the daughter of James Nelson and Orra Sage. She married 03 Jul 1861 to Samuel Rice
Morse. In the 1880 census of Wyandotte, Kansas, she was listed as head of household and operating a millinery shop, with her
husband Samuel described as a “gentleman of leisure.” At that time, Emma was 39 and Samuel 68. They had no children.
William B. Bissell born 15 June 1841 at Brockville, Leeds Co., Ontario and died about
1873 in Jacksonville, Morgan Co., Illinois. (He was in the 1850 household of Nelson N. Bissell.) He may be the one in the
1860 census of Lewiston, Niagara Co., New York. He enlisted in the 35th N.Y. Volunteer Infantry, was wounded at
Gettysburg and spent time in Libby Prison. He was unmarried.
Louisa E. Bissell born 18 May 1843 at Watertown, St. Lawrence Co., New York and died 10 Mar 1925. She
married 12 Dec 1867 at Kalamazoo, Michigan to William B. Dean. They were living in Wyandotte, Kansas in the 1880 census. They
a. Charles Dean born about 1870 in Illinois.
b. William Dean born about 1873 in Illinois.
c. Emma Dean born about 1879 in Illinois.
10. Lucinda Bissell born
24 Nov 1844 at Alexandria, Jefferson Co., New York, died about 1865. She was listed in the L.D.S. database as the daughter
of James or Nelson N. Bissell and Orra Sage. She was in the 1850 household of Nelson N. Bissell. She married in 1862 to Dealbut
Earl (Earl Dealbut?).